Rainy weekend impacting some local events

WICHITA, Kan. A rainy weekend is in store for much of Kansas, expected to drop several inches on some parts of the state. South Central Kansas is included in a large chunk of the state that could see three to six inches of rain by the time clouds clear in the middle of next week.

Several high school football games kicked off earlier than scheduled with storms expected to roll in late Friday night. Once the rain arrives, there's not expected to be much of a letup through the weekend.

For Woofstock, the annual fundraising event for the Kansas Humane Society at Sedgwick County Park, it's a go, rain or shine.

Erica Goering with KHS says ticket sales make up a lot of the money for the humane society's largest annual fundraiser.

"We're hoping we have good weather, Goering says. "Showers are a little scattered. Maybe they miss us, but the show ill go on."

Goering says Woofstock takes an entire year to plan.

"It's really not the kind of event we can cancel because we work with so many different sponsors, companies, vendors, that sort of thing," she says.

One precaution event organizers are taking is waiting until Saturday morning to set up for Woofstock in case of rain overnight Friday. Woofstock starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and concludes about 3 p.m.

The Goddard Fall Festival is also going on rain or shine, but the event's committee is taking a precaution ahead of likely rain, moving main stage events inside Pathway Church at 18800 W Kellogg Dr.

"(We'll) still make it a festival, just a little different than we've don in the past,"Goddard Fall Festival Chairman Dana Boxa says. "...Though about rain on the band instruments and uniforms and parade floats decorated with paper."

The parade, car show and some Saturday-morning outdoor activities with the Goddard Fall Festival were canceled. Events moved inside include a Tangaynika wildlife presentation, high school drama performances, choirs, a hot-dog-eating contest, a live band and a family movie.

Boxa says indoor festivities start about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and end about 9 p.m.

In Udall, the community is postponing its annual celebration due to rain. The Udall Fall Festival planned for this weekend will now be held on the weekend of Oct. 27.